Yeah, I know old school baseball fans are going to read the headline and say no way, but adding Giancarlo Stanton to the already loaded New York Yankees makes the "Bombers" probably the best offense in baseball and possibly Murderer's Row 2.0.
But check out this line up:
1- Brett Gardner | LF
2- Aaron Judge | RF
3- Giancarlo Stanton | DH
4- Gary Sánchez | C
5- Greg Bird | 1B
6- Didi Gregorious | SS
7- Aaron Hicks / Clint Frazier | CF
8- Chase Headley / Miguel Andujar | 3B
9- Gleyber Torres | 2B
That's a pretty scary lineup and the Yankees could still make moves this winter to make it even better and even better in 2019 with Manny Machado or Josh Donaldson in free agency.
Who was part of the original Murderer's Row? Here's a video of that lineup:
Ok let's take the lineup side by side and compare it to the 1927 Murderer's Row Yankees:
1- Brett Gardner | .264 | 21 HR | 63 RBI
64 RBI | 6 HR | .356 | Earle Combs
2- Aaron Judge | .284 | 52 HR | 114 RBI
62 RBI | 3 HR | .285 | Mark Koenig
3- G. Stanton | .281 | 59 HR | 132 RBI
164 RBI | 60 HR | .356 | Babe Ruth
4- Gary Sánchez | .278 | 33 HR | 90 RBI
175 RBI | 47 HR | .373 | Lou Gehrig
5- Greg Bird | .190 | 9 HR | 28 RBI
103 RBI | 8 HR | .337 | Bob Meusel
6- Didi Gregorious | .287 | 25 HR | 87 RBI
102 RBI | 18 HR | .309 | Tony Lazzeri
7- Aaron Hicks | .266 | 15 HR | 52 RBI
43 RBI | 2 HR | .266 | Joe Dugan
8- Chase Headley | .273 | 12 HR | 61 RBI
36 RBI | 7 HR | .275 | Pat Collins
We will leave out Gleyber Torres in the comparison because we don't have numbers for him and in 1927 there was no designated hitter.
With the 2017 stats, that's 226 dingers for the "Baby Bombers" and for 1927 Yanks that's 151 bombs in a 154 game season.
Batting percentage is where the original Murderer's Row wins as most of their hitters were above .300 and the new Yanks won't have one .300 hitter in their lineup in 2018, their only .300 hitter in 2017 was Starlin Castro who they traded to Marlins in Stanton trade.
This lineup is scary and it will be for a while, the only change I would make would be to add a leadoff hitter. Someone like Ender Inciarte from the Braves in a trade or a Charlie Blackmon and a 3B in free agency in 2019 to make it the most impressive lineup ever and could actually happen.
Ender Inciarte | .304 | 11 HR | 57 RBI
Charlie Blackmon | .331 | 33 HR | 104 RBI
Only time will tell how this all works out in the Bronx.
One thing is for sure... I can't wait for the 2018 MLB season to start.